The mission of the Comprehensive Cancer Center is to elucidate the determinants of cancer, to develop cures for cancer and to prevent cancer through innovation and collaboration.

Members are expected to contribute to this overriding objective through a broad range of clinical and research activities including:

  • Stimulating, supporting, and facilitating collaborative and interdisciplinary research in cancer
  • Transforming discoveries made in the laboratory, the clinic, and the community into applications that enhance cancer prevention, diagnosis and care
  • Applying the modern techniques of basic, clinical and population science to the study of human cancer and using them to benefit all populations affected by cancer and to understand and eliminate disparities in cancer care and health differences between diverse population groups
  • Conducting multidisciplinary clinical treatment programs that provide patients with the most appropriate and effective combinations of advanced therapies available
  • Providing access to clinical trials to community oncologists and all populations — including minority communities — via a network of affiliated hospitals
  • Initiating and developing cancer prevention, risk assessment, and control research at the University of Chicago and throughout the Chicago metropolitan area
  • Providing education and training in cancer research and advanced cancer care for basic scientists, population researchers, clinical and translational investigators, and healthcare professionals at all levels of training

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In addition to the intangible benefits such as collegial interaction with basic, clinical and population researchers, Comprehensive Cancer Center investigators and associate investigators, members are eligible for the following:

  • Access to and discounted rates for Comprehensive Cancer Center shared resources, including Core Facilities.
  • Start up funds for new faculty. The Comprehensive Cancer Center partners with a member’s primary department in providing start-up funds for faculty involved in cancer research, including:
  1. Research funds for pilot projects
  2. Research funds for innovative, early phase clinical trials
  3. Seed funding for data generation in preparation for large multidisciplinary, multidepartmental grants (e.g., SPORES, P01s, Center grants)
  4. Pre- and post-award support in the submission and administration of multidisciplinary, multidepartmental grants (e.g., SPORES, P01s, Center grants)
  5. Comprehensive Cancer Center staff will assume responsibility for budget preparation, collection of all grant materials (biosketches, other support, etc.), grant compilation and submission, and preparation and submission of progress reports/non-competing renewals
  6. Access to program-specific activities, such as seminars, retreats, journal clubs, and travel funds
  7. Access to Comprehensive Cancer Center activities, such as the Comprehensive Cancer Center Seminar Series and the Comprehensive Cancer Center Translational Conference